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Royals | Lineup changes take effect
Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:17 -0700

Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has moved from the leadoff spot to third Thursday, May 9, with 1B Billy Butler hitting cleanup. "The most important two spots we have in the lineup right now should be manned by Gordy and Billy," manager Ned Yost said. "That's three and four. Everything else is interchangeable depending on who's hot and the matchups." The team's No. 4 hitter has ranked last in RBIs (seven), extra-base hits (six) and slugging percentage (.277), and they are ranked 29th among 30 teams with a .271 on-base percentage. SS Alcides Escobar is batting leadoff with OF Lorenzo Cain following him. Escobar prefers to hit second and has much more experience in that slot, but he doesn't have a problem hitting atop the order. 2B Chris Getz and OF Jeff Francoeur returned to the lineup Thursday, but they'll need to show production soon if they want to keep everyday jobs. Yost plans on using this new-look lineup for an extended period of time.

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5/28 - Brewers | Matt Garza rehab update
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5/28 - Athletics | Several OAK regulars resting Saturday
5/28 - Rays | Desmond Jennings out of lineup Saturday
5/28 - Orioles | Several BAL regulars return to action
5/28 - Brewers | Ryan Braun resting Saturday
5/28 - Giants | Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence playing Saturday
5/28 - Rockies | Several COL regulars resting Saturday
5/28 - Reds | Billy Hamilton out of lineup Saturday
5/28 - Braves | Several ATL regulars sitting out Saturday
5/28 - Yankees | Brett Gardner, Brian McCann resting
5/28 - Marlins | Two Miami OFs remain sidelined Saturday
5/28 - Indians | Yan Gomes returns to lineup Saturday
5/28 - Tigers | Jarrod Saltalamacchia catching Saturday
5/28 - Cardinals | Matt Carpenter activated
5/28 - Blue Jays | Troy Tulowitzki placed on DL
5/28 - Royals | Omar Infante in, Jarrod Dyson out
5/28 - Royals | Kendrys Morales remains out
5/28 - Blue Jays | Troy Tulowitzki on the bench
5/28 - Blue Jays | Jose Bautista returns
5/28 - Phillies | Tyler Goeddel not in the lineup
5/28 - White Sox | Jimmy Rollins sitting out
5/28 - Red Sox | Blake Swihart not starting
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5/28 - Tigers | Ian Kinsler productive at plate

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